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NFL Draft Grades: Cleveland Browns Picks Grade Well

SB Nation's Steelers blog, Behind The Steel Curtain, is doing 2011 NFL Draft Grades for the AFC North. All four AFC North teams did well, so it's no surprise that BTSC likes the Browns' draft. The Browns got tons of value in draft picks for the No. 6 overall pick (which the Falcons used to select Julio Jones). They then traded up six picks to get nose tackle Phil Taylor. They picked Pitt DE Jabaal Sheard in the second round (and also grabbed tackle Jason Pinkston late in the draft). They grabbed UNC wideout Greg Little, who has a bunch of upside at the end of the second round. Here's BTSC on Little:

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Little understandably saw his draft stock fall when he was forced to sit out his senior season. But it's not often that you find a 6'3" with decent speed that can jump 40.5 inches vertically. Scary redzone prospect for the Browns, the exact type of asset they've been missing on offense in recent years. After using their first two picks on players who play in the trenches, the Browns add a freakishly athletic skill player at the end of round two.

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Also watch out for cornerback Buster Skrine, who possesses a bunch of upside and was taken in the fifth round. nd due to their trade with the Falcons, the Browns will have a load of picks next year.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.